Weekly Smile 36 #weeklysmile

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

Hello from our tortoises – Gin, Rex and Nik – happily munching their dandelions. Hope you are all fine. Lots of lovely smiles from me this week.

It’s amazing when I could just booked a flight to the Philippines after a phone call from my Mother. She wasn’t well, with temperature and flu, and I thought, I’d like to be with her. OK, it wasn’t that easy, I have to think of the timing, my sched at work and of course, Him Indoors. So, when Him Indoors got back from work, I told him about the plan and he said, why not? I looked at my sched for next term and the last class finishes middle of February next year. I’ve searched for a flight and the price wasn’t that bad, voila! I’m booked for February, 2 days after my last class. Staying for two weeks. Yay! I’m sure my Mother would be pleased.

Met my friend for lunch. We went to an Italian and she had pasta and I had risotto and we shared some mixed salad. The weather was gorgeous and we walked around town, saw nice pairs of trousers which were calling our names, so we bought them (I’ve got grey, she’s got green ones). Then we stopped by our favourite cafe and had capuccino and some cakes. Life is good!

What made you smile this week?

For: Weekly Smile 36 #weeklysmileThree Things Thursday . Also for: Nurt Thurs – Forward!, Cityscape Dubai – Echoes Of My Neighbourhood.

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #78 Soliloquy no Renga “sutumn night” by Santoka Taneda

Aki noyo ya inu kara morattari neko ni ataetari

Autumn night–
I received it from the dog
And gave it to the cat.

© Santoka Taneda

The dog licked his bone
The cat purred all night

Early spring
Tortoises in the garden
Eating dandelions

Birds building their nests
The birdhouse is popular

The height of spring
All the blossoms of the apple
Such a delight to see

Rain and sun alternating
Plants are swaying to say thanks

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #78

Such a Lovely Day

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

Hello everyone! It’s a holiday here in sunny Bavaria – Ascension Day and Father’s Day and we’re having such a lovely day. The sun is out, tortoises are out and washing are out to dry.

Our apple trees have blossoms – yay!

Nice to be in the garden, admiring our flowers.

So, what made you smile this week?

For: Three Things Thursday: May 5, 2016 and Weekly Smile Week 18 #weeklysmile. Also for: Ajman and Kempinski…Echoes Of My Neighbourhood # 17 and FFF233 – PROTEA ‘PINK ICE’

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 22 – Group

My People
by Carl Sandburg

MY people are gray,
pigeon gray, dawn gray, storm gray.
I call them beautiful,
and I wonder where they are going.

For: Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 22 – Group


Ten Things of Thankful 148 (Jigsaw) #10Thankful

Hello everyone! My mother has just got her UK visa yesterday – yay! That means she can attend her grandson’s wedding. That means she is staying with my brother and his family in Coventry and they’ll have a great time bonding. That also means that we’ll be seeing her at the wedding and I might come back after the wedding, say in a couple of months’ time and we can travel and bond together. Really grateful.

Talking of the wedding – it seems that everything is going according to plan. Mother’s going to be there. Sister and husband from Canada, cousin and some friends from Germany, nephew and wife from Switzerland. Most of HRH the son’s friends all over the world, as well as his beautiful K’s family and friends. Not long now…

And as for the Indian wedding, also getting excited about it. Last Thursday I went out with my friend C for lunch and while walking, passed by an Indian shop and we ended up with an outfit each. I’m sure I can wear it when we are there (visiting some relatives of beautiful K, dinner parties, henna party, temple, etc). Of course, when I’m there I might be able to buy a sari for the ceremony. Cool!

Grateful for the weather this morning, sunny and bright, even though it has been raining for a couple of days. I love taking photos of our apple tree and see how it develops, from naked branch, new leaves are popping up. Can’t wait for the blossoms!

Meet our three new friends in the garden – Monica the monitor lizard, Rachel the chamaeleon and Phoebe our busy bee. Aren’t they gorgeous?

our dinner last night – salmon and veg – yummy!

followed by some mandarins – how healthy can that be?

Remember my brother? Well, he’s back in the Philippines and he’s training again so he can go back on his ship. They haven’t been paid yet, but were given some promises. Being abandoned, they have the rights to sell their ship to pay the crew. We’re keeping our fingers crossed so there’ll be a good ending to this tragedy. Anyway, my brother being positive and he loves his job and he doesn’t really know how to live and work on land, well, he wants to be back on his ship, to be out there in the open sea. Good luck to him. All the best.

I’m grateful for a lot of things – Him Indoors and I are both OK and looking forward to HRH the son’s wedding to his beautiful K. The weather is getting warmer – more time cycling to beer gardens and parks, walking to the mountains and spending more time in the garden. New plants and flowers growing in the garden. Tortoises are spending more days outside, happy like us. Job is also fine, still got my engineer and my purchasing officer for their one-on-one lessons and my seniors’ class in the language school. That’s it from me, hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

For: Ten Things of Thankful 148 (Jigsaw) #10Thankful by Lizzi. Also for: SEASONS- PASSOVER

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B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – List Poem

things we have to do in spring
change tyres to summer ones
have the car checked and washed
sort out some clothes, some to give away
in “Kleiderspende” or send via “Balikbayan Box”
put winter coats and boots away
have winter coats dry cleaned and hanged
buy new seeds and plants
Him Indoors works in the garden
put three tortoises out in the garden
give them dandelions from the fields
take lots of photos of buds and flowers
cycle to beer gardens and parks
hurray for spring!!!

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – April 10, 2016